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131 Commando Engineers Present their Bath Half fundraising

The Bath Half Marathon is a challenge in itself but the Commando’s from Bath-based 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers wanted more of a challenge, and ran it in boots, carrying a set of webbing weighing over 21lb (equivalent to the average car tyre!).  The team completed the challenge in March 2013 and have successfully raised over £1,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal. The team is presenting their fundraising to Chairman of The Forever Friends Appeal, John Cullum, which will go towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Chris Harvey, Troop Commander at 131, comments: “It has been a great privilege and delight for 131 Commando Engineers to support the RUH Forever Friends Appeal over the last two years through running in the Bath Half Marathon; we have now raised a total of over £3,000 for this great cause.  The Army Reserve is entering into a time significant change as the Government’s plans for Reserve Forces 2020 begin to take shape, and the future is looking very promising for us all.  131 Commando Engineers are currently recruiting, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to complete the Commando Course and earn the Green Beret and you’re up for the challenge; get in touch with us at

www.facebook.com/131Cdo or on 01225 427747.”

This is the second year running that the Squadron have supported the charity through the Bath Half Marathon.  Jo Hones, the Event and Community Officer comments: “We are so thrilled to have had such fantastic support from the 131 Commando Squadron for the past two years – it really is quite an undertaking to complete the 13.1 mile course with such a heavy weight on your back! The money raised this year will get us that step closer to building the wonderful new Cancer Centre.”

The current focus of The Forever Friends Appeal is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.  The aim of which is to help build a new and pioneering Cancer Centre which balances clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  The new centre will make patients feel safe, supported and special so that they can get through their treatment with the least amount of stress, and their families can feel that they are well supported as well.

Much of the existing RUH cancer services are located in inadequate, 70 year-old war time accommodation.  It has been the long-term aim to seek a solution and bring Cancer Services at the RUH all under one roof.  The new Cancer Centre will be a c66% / 33% partnership respectively between NHS and Charitable Funds.  The Appeal are aiming to raise a total of some £8million towards the new Centre.

The Bath Half 2014 applications are now open for anyone willing to take up the challenge, with or without 21 lb on their back! The event will be held on 2nd March 2014 and the Appeal welcomes anyone wishing to run in support of The Forever Friends Appeal.  Entries can be completed through https://www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/events/bath-half-marathon/.